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Is Twitter the New Valpak?


What do Twitter and Valpak have in common? Well… lately it’s the way that a lot of companies and marketers think they can get my attention. C’mon, you know Valpak… the blue envelope that shows up in your mailbox every week stuffed with â…“ page coupons for windshield repair and reading glasses. In other words: junk mail.

It saddens me to think that my Twitter stream, once my playground, my cyber watercooler, my-rally-around-a-cause-with-my-posse has been trashed by tweets like these:

* Have an #Intel Game On button? The first FOUR people who tweet a picture of their button will win a $25 Best Buy gift card. 1, 2, 3.. GO!

* Tweet For A $5 Amazon Instant Video Credit: , If you have a twitter account you are in luck because you can get…

* Summer Splash! Angie’s Kettle Corn—Giveaway (ends 7/29)

* Feed Me Friday~ Email Subscription Hop

Seriously? #GetOffMyLawn

Where are all the conversations? Where are all the @replies, the sharing of passions (like music and love of chocolate) and all the mommies stepping up with solutions to parenting dilemmas? I know, I know — that’s what lists are for but I just miss the simplicity of the old days where you could shout out to the Twitterverse and actually get a non-automated response from a real person in real time. Now, to get that kind of interaction, I have to go through the antiquated exercise of emailing people and actually setting up another old school method of connecting: lunch! :)

Last week, five of us local mommy bloggers (who met on Twitter) got together and spent a delightful hour sharing great food, hugs, our latest passions and projects, and wistfully agreeing that Twitter is “not what it used to be.”

For those of you jumping into the stream now, take note: Twitter is what YOU make it. Using it as a place to scream about offers is not going to win you many friends or followers.

Yes, I see some unfollowing in my future.

photo credit: Kristina D.C. Hoeppner

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